"We’ve braved the storm"
A money laundering case has been registered by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) against Shilpa Shetty’s husband Raj Kundra.
According to the Times of India, he is expected to be summoned soon for questioning.
The case is part of an ongoing investigation into Raj Kundra’s recent pornography scandal, wherein the businessman was accused of running pornographic apps.
The ED is currently investigating the transactions made by Raj Kundra and his associates, some of whom are also based outside of India.
The case was registered last week.
Following previous investigations into the porn scandal, it was revealed that Raj Kundra was the key conspirator in the case, which originally began in February 2021.
Shetty recently opened up about the controversy at the trailer launch for her upcoming film Nikamma.
According to Pinkvilla, speaking about her character in the film and how she relates to it, the actress shared:
“We’ve all been very strong and we’ve braved the storm, and I think it is time to celebrate newer beginnings and positivity.”
The alleged porn racket pertains to February 2021 when the Mumbai police made the first arrests in the case where women were acting in porn films.
This was done after the Mumbai Police Crime Branch conducted raids at a bungalow in Madh Island where porn films were being shot.
In a case that shocked India, the husband of the actress was arrested in July 2021 by the Mumbai police in the pornography case, a senior official said.
The pornographic content was being distributed over subscription-based mobile apps like HotHit Movies and Hotshots.
The Hotshots app had been developed by Armsprime Media Private Limited, a firm founded by Raj Kundra in 2019.
Armsprime later sold Hotshots to Kenrin Limited, a UK-based firm, owned by Raj Kundra’s brother-in-law Pradeep Bakshi.
The businessman is reported to have told police officials that the matter was handled by his brother-in-law and that he only chatted about it briefly with Bakshi via WhatsApp.
An official said in a statement to Mid-Day: “We have enough evidence that he (Raj Kundra) was dealing with everything.
“His brother-in-law was made the owner of the London-based company just for namesake.”
It was also reported that police officials did not believe Shilpa Shetty was directly linked to the case.
According to ANI, the officials involved suspect that Raj Kundra was using the money earned from the alleged pornographic content for online betting.
The police thus informed the court that the money in Raj Kundra’s two bank accounts would need to be probed for further information.